The HSS Undergraduate Research Council (URC)
The HSS Undergraduate Research Council makes recommendations to the dean in support of undergraduate research in HSS, runs the HSS Celebration of Student Achievement (held annually at the end of the fall semester), and promotes HSS participation in the college-wide Celebration of Student Achievement (held annually at the end of the spring semester).
Our Community’s Definition of Undergraduate Research: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The College of New Jersey defines undergraduate research as mentored work that enables students to participate actively in processes of academic inquiry consistent with accepted practices in their disciplines. Undergraduate research is supported by a curriculum that provides our students with the understanding, tools, and skills required to (1) articulate a question for scholarly or creative inquiry, (2) conduct a literature search, (3) collect and evaluate evidence using appropriate methods, (4) analyze the evidence, and (5) effectively communicate new knowledge. Faculty mentorship at every level is designed to help students develop increasing levels of autonomy and self-determination in research projects within their chosen disciplines. (Approved by HSS URC, HSS Chairs Council, and HSS Student Advisory Council March 2015)
The HSS Undergraduate Research Council consists of representatives from most HSS departments.